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Sonamarg

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"The Meadow of Gold"

Sonamarg Tourism

Sonamarg is a town in Jammu and Kashmir, with snow-laden fields, surrounded by majestic glaciers and serene lakes which casts subtle spells on the visitors. Translating into 'the Meadow of gold', Sonamarg is a picturesque town located 80km north-east of Srinagar at an elevation of around 2800 km from sea level.

Nilagrad, a colony of the Baltics, is a picturesque location that one can always visit. Various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar are situated in and around Sonamarg. Another scenic eye catching lake in Sonamarg also includes Vishansar. Krishnasar Lake, at a height of 3, 801m above sea level, is popular for fishing with beautiful species such as the trouts. Bounded by natural beauty, breathtaking glaciers and serene lakes the place is a popular tourist attraction of Jammu & Kashmir.

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An Adventure Hub

Sonamarg is not only known for its beauty, but for its adventure sports as well. A quaint hill station like Sonamarg has become a major hub for adrenaline junkies who like to indulge in blood-pumping physical activities while being surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Whitewater River Rafting: Sonamarg holds a rafting competition every year and boosts the competitive spirits of people. Indus river of Sonamarg is famous for whitewater river rafting. The river is surrounded by hills on the either sides. Under proper guidance, even a novice can enjoy the pleasure of rafting in Sonamarg.
Camping: Sonamarg is the perfect place for camping under the starry nights. You can set up your camp on the bank of a river and have a bonfire. Baltal Valley, in particular, is an ideal place in to enjoy camping. It is surrounded by thick forests and magnificent landscapes.
Trekking: You can enjoy short as well long treks in Sonamarg. A trek to Vishansar, Krishnasar, Gangabal, Satsar and Gadsar lake can be undertaken by experienced trekkers. This trek is known as Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. If you are physically fit and experienced, you can venture into faraway territories. You can trek to Leh via Zoji La Pass.
Skiing: In winters, Sonamarg is a skiing heaven. White blanket veils the peaks of the Himalayas, and Sonamarg turns into a snowy kingdom. You can indulge in skiing here. You can even choose to relax with your family and build snowmen! You must go to see Sonamarg’s winters before the wet spells of snow transpire. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Sonamarg

Sonamarg's cusine is not very diverse but derives most popular delicacies from a typical Kashmiri cuisine. Local cuisine includes Syoon Olav (Meat with Potatoes cooked in spicy gravy), Marcha-Wangan korma, Nadir-Haaq/Gogji/Monji (lotus stems cooked with Spinach or Radish), Muj Gaad (Fish with Radish), Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually as a dessert), Kaanti (lamb pieces in red hot gravy, usually eaten as a snack and not part of the main course) and Matschgand (minced lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy).
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What is the local food in Sonamarg?

Sonamarg's cusine is not very diverse but derives most popular delicacies from a typical Kashmiri cuisine. Local cuisine includes Syoon Olav (Meat with Potatoes cooked in spicy gravy), Marcha-Wangan korma, Nadir-Haaq/Gogji/Monji (lotus stems cooked with Spinach or Radish), Muj Gaad (Fish with Radish), Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually as a dessert), Kaanti (lamb pieces in red hot gravy, usually eaten as a snack and not part of the main course) and Matschgand (minced lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy).
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What are the places near Sonamarg?

The top places near to Sonamarg are Srinagar which is 51 km from Sonamarg, Amarnath which is located 21 km from Sonamarg, Pahalgam which is located 31 km from Sonamarg, Dachigam national park which is located 29 km from Sonamarg, Manali which is located 289 km from Sonamarg

What is not so good about Sonamarg?

Sudden terrorist attacks and curfews in the valleys may scare you. So, precaution has to be taken.

What is the best time to visit Sonamarg?

The best time to visit Sonamarg is Summer from April to June. Sonamarg has a pleasant weather during the Summers. You can also choose the season of monsoon to visit this hill station. It is recommended to avoid going to Sonamarg during the late winters. Due to heavy snowfall, the temperature drops significantly, and the roads get blocked.
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What is famous about Sonamarg?

Beautiful landscapes which are untouched by commercialization. Pleasant weather as compared to other parts of the country. A perfect place for adrenaline junkies. Delectable Kashmiri cuisine.

What are the things to do in Sonamarg?

The top things to do in Sonamarg are Thajiwas Glacier, Zoji-La Pass, Vishansar Lake, White River Rafting, Nilagrad River, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. You can see all the places to visit in Sonamarg here

What is the best way to reach Sonamarg?

Situated in the Himalayas, Sonamarg does not have a railway station or an airport. The nearest railway station is at Udhampur (250 km), and Jammu railway station is also nearby which is around 300 km. Jammu station is well connected by rail with the rest of the India. From Jammu or Udhampur, you can take a cab or a bus to reach Sonamarg. The nearest airport is in Srinagar (70 km), and taxis or buses are readily available to take one to Sonamarg. However, Sonamarg is mostly inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall and avalanches.
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Who should visit Sonamarg?

Sonmarg has a vast array of options for everyone. If you want to relax and lose yourself in the beauty of nature, there is no better place than Sonamarg. The peaceful ambiance and gorgeous landscapes will make you feel extremely relaxed. If you are an adventure seeker, then you'd love Sonamarg. It offers you a chance for river rafting, skiing, trekking and camping.

How much does a package cost for Sonamarg?

The packages for Sonamarg start at INR 16500 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

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Pallavi Siddhanta 2 years ago
- If going in the chilly months, do not forget to carry all your woolens. Also, carry a map of the area as the area can be confusing and you might lose track.
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